Google launches alternative Play Store billing systems in more countries

What you need to know

  • Google has announced the expansion of user-choice billing enrollment in some countries.
  • The new billing system will allow developers to offer alternative methods in their apps, as long as the Play Store billing system remains an option.
  • However, enrollment is not yet available in the United States and there are some restrictions.

Criticism of the Play Store’s billing system forced Google to partner with Spotify earlier this year for an alternative method, which is now expanding to developers in more countries.

Google has quietly opened registration (opens in new tab) for its billing program of the user’s choice, allowing developers to offer alternative payment methods in their apps in addition to the controversial Play Store billing system (via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)). However, several restrictions are in place, the main one being that only non-game developers can enroll in the pilot.